There have been some moments in history where that rivalry has boiled over on and off the field.
In 2010, the heat of that rivalry crossed the line when a Red Sox fan was stabbed in the neck by a Yankees fan at a restaurant in Connecticut.
According to an Associated Press story (h/t ESPN), the victim, Monte Freire, was awarded $4.3 million by a jury in a lawsuit against the restaurant, U.S.S. Chowder Pot III:
Bartenders ignored warnings that the Yankees fan was harassing fellow patrons and trying to start a fight and continued to serve him alcohol, said attorney Timothy Pothin, representing Freire.
Freire suffered multiple injuries including a brain injury, a stroke, impaired speech, impaired vision and scarring.
John Mayor was the Yankees fan charged in the incident and is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence.
Was the judgement fair?
A jury said it was.
But will it make a difference?
All logic says it won't.
Our society has constantly had problems with alcohol and violence when they're mixed together. Add in sports and it gets even more intense.
Unless something changes within the justice system, cases like these will continue to be on court calendars.
So what changes could be made?
The justice system could start by revoking liquor licenses when bars over serve customers alcohol and then subsequently get in trouble with the law.
Whether it’s a DUI or some sort of violent offense, bars and restaurants need to have more skin in the game.
It can easily be found if the offender was at a particular bar or restaurant prior to getting in trouble with the law.
Nowadays, people drink too much and get behind the wheel, and only they are held responsible in most cases.
Bars and restaurants continue over-serving customers and the problem will continue.
When you threaten to take away the money-maker for a business, owners ensure their employees understand the law.
Owners and managers will monitor their employees more and issues with over serving will be far less than they currently are.
Those employees then won’t encourage a drunk to drink more in the name of a bigger tip.
Regardless of what’s put in place, something needs to happen.
While the $4.3-million settlement is nice for the victim, it’s mere pocket change for this business, especially when you look at their menu prices.
Unless it’s a mom-and-pops establishment, a fine of a few million dollars means nothing as they will continue to operate their business.
That’s why stiffer measures such as taking away a business’ liquor license should be put into place if they’re caught over-serving.
Hit them where it hurts the most—the wallet. When you do that, all businesses start to take notice.
Is it extreme?
Some may think so. But incidents like this will cease to exist if extreme measures are put into place.